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Kung Fu Hustle
- Stephen Chow

Overview - Stephen Chow's follow-up to SHAOLIN SOCCER ups the over-the-top action quotient by about three zillion percent. The story is set in 1930s Hong Kong, with Chow as a shaggy-haired, would-be bad guy named Sing, who gets caught up in the middle of a war between the top-hat-wearing Axe gang and the hard scrabble inhabitants of Pig Sty Alley.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Stephen Chow's follow-up to SHAOLIN SOCCER ups the over-the-top action quotient by about three zillion percent. The story is set in 1930s Hong Kong, with Chow as a shaggy-haired, would-be bad guy named Sing, who gets caught up in the middle of a war between the top-hat-wearing Axe gang and the hard scrabble inhabitants of Pig Sty Alley. Chow--who wrote, produced, and directed--doesn't step in as the star here for quite a while, letting the comic duties fly in a myriad of directions: a landlady in curlers (Yuen Qiu) has a yell that can flatten buildings; people get kicked across courtyards and through walls; musician assassins whip ghost sabers from lyre strings, and a mental patient in pink flip-flops named "the Beast" (Leung Siu Lung) catches bullets in his fingers. Buoyed by SOCCER's box office success, HUSTLE uses bigger production values and a dizzying amount of CGI-enhanced martial arts (imagine Bruce Lee vs. Bugs Bunny in THE MATRIX). It's full of references to other films and filmmakers, revering spaghetti westerns and '70s Shaw brothers movies a la Tarantino's KILL BILL (fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping worked on both films). It also pays sly homage to the works of Wong Kar Wai, D.W. Griffith, Sam Raimi, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, and Akira Kurosawa. Raymond Wong's inspired score matches each cinematic reference with the appropriate cue as the camera circles and swoops around the sprawling sets. This is a real treat, more than a great action film or comedy, it's a great film period, and one that set box office records in the East.

Cast List

Stephen Chow - Hong Kong Comedy Star
Stephen Chiao - Hong Kong Comedy Star
Tseng Kan Cheong - Screenwriter, SHAOLIN SOCCER (2002)
Lola Huo - Screenwriter, KUNG FU HUSTLE (2005)
Yuen Woo-ping - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Wo Ping Yuen - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Yuen Wo Ping - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Woo-Ping Yuen - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Master Yuen Wo Ping - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Heping Yuan - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Wo Ping Yuan - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Woo Ping Yuen - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Woo Yuen - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Wu Ping Yuen - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Wo Ping - HK Director/Fight Choreographer (MATRIX, CROUCHING TIGER)
Oliver Wong - Production Designer, KUNG FU HUSTLE (2005)
Raymond Wong - Hong Kong Actor, LETHAL PANTHER
Bak Ming Wong - Hong Kong Actor, LETHAL PANTHER
Pak Ming Wong - Hong Kong Actor, LETHAL PANTHER
Raymond Kin Wong - Hong Kong Actor, LETHAL PANTHER
Wah Yuen - Chinese actor, stunt coordinator: KUNG FU HUSTLE (2005)
Angie Lam - Editor, NAKED WEAPON (2002)
Hang-Sang Poon - Director of Photography, FORMULA 51 (2002)
Poon Hang Sang - Director of Photography, FORMULA 51 (2002)
Poon Hang Sang - Director of Photography, FORMULA 51 (2002)
Hang Sang Poon - Director of Photography, FORMULA 51 (2002)
Poon Hang Sung - Director of Photography, FORMULA 51 (2002)
Poon Hang Sung - Director of Photography, FORMULA 51 (2002)
Hang Sung Poon - Director of Photography, FORMULA 51 (2002)
Jeff Lau - Hk Producer/Director
Jeff Lau Chan-wai - Hk Producer/Director
Jeffrey Lau - Hk Producer/Director
An Chi - Hk Producer/Director
On Kei - Hk Producer/Director
Chun-Wai Jeffrey Lau - Hk Producer/Director
Chun-Wai Lau - Hk Producer/Director
Jeffrey Lau Chun-Wai - Hk Producer/Director
Zhenwei Liu - Hk Producer/Director
Qiu Yuen - Former Bond girl, stunt woman/actor: KUNG FU HUSTLE (2005)
Chan Man Keung - Screenwriter, KUNG FU HUSTLE (2002)
Man Keung Chan - Screenwriter, KUNG FU HUSTLE (2002)
Chan Man Keung - Screenwriter, KUNG FU HUSTLE (2002)
Shirley Chan - Costume Designer, KUNG FU HUSTLE (2002)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 99
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396143555
  • Genre: Foreign Video - Chinese
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (sequences of strong stylized action and violence)
  • Release Date: March 2008

Related Categories:
Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
Action
Gangs
Martial Arts
Theatrical Release
Crime
Gangsters
1940s
Hong Kong
Chinese
Kung Fu
Battles
Students

 
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Theatrical Release: March 18, 2005 (Limited)

Reviews:
"[An] insanely entertaining smash-fantasy burlesque....You don't just watch it, you ride with it, laughing all the way." - 04/15/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.60


"For all its extreme cartoonish violence, KUNG FU HUSTLE is a surprisingly sweet and charming movie." - 04/08/2005 Los Angeles Times, p.E8


"The showstopping fight sequences are choreographed by the legendary Yuen Wo Ping and given an extra jolt of nutty inventiveness by some cheerfully crude digital effects." - 04/08/2005 New York Times, p.E21


"That one can indeed call KUNG FU HUSTLE delightful reflects its wonderfully compelling, high wire sense of dreamy knockabout..." - 05/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.64


"HUSTLE's approach to a simple good-vs.-evil plot is eccentrically exuberant." - 04/22/2005 USA Today, p.4E


"[Chow is] a one-man comedy parade....[He] turns his characters into live-action cartoons and then, miraculously, makes it all ring true." - 04/21/2005 Rolling Stone, p.124


"[N]o one's ever captured the escapist thrill of a four-coloured splash panel as well as Chow does here." - 07/01/2005 Uncut, p.128


"[I]n terms of physical timing, comic ideas and snap-crackle-pop filmmaking it buries any 10 other American comedies you can think of." - 09/01/2005 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.101


Ranked #14 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[A] blast of exuberant, over-the-top cinematic madness....Ridiculously entertaining." - 01/01/2006 Uncut, p.82-83

 
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